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I was asked recently if I knew the whereabouts of the IPVs which were assigned to the four RNZNVR Divisions. I .thought I knew where most of them were but ex HMNZS Kiwi operated by HMNZS Toroa eluded me. I did some investigation and what I found was very interesting. She was built by Whangarei Engineering, as were all the others, and commissioned on 2 September 1984. Her home port was Lyttelton. She was decommissioned on 11 December 2007 and sold by the RNZN into private ownership. Purchased by Peter and Sue Cook she operated as a multi purpose charter/leisure vessel based in Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour in 2010. She has been refitted by its owners in Melbourne and transformed into a “holiday house on water”. It has five bedrooms with ensuites, fully equipped kitchen, living area wit...


We held our Mid-Year Function at the Bays Club last Saturday. I would have to say that the night was a great success. In spite of the weather we had over 30 attendees. The venue was great, the food was great and the company was great. For those who were unable to attend you missed a good night. Thanks to Terry Creagh organising the event.


If you have an interest in the RNZN and preserving its history, why not join the Friends of the RNZN Museum Trust? See the attached Enrolment Form..


On Thursday the 10 July 1985 the-British registered Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior was sunk in Auckland harbour by French saboteurs of the DGSE. Greenpeace Photographer Fernando Pereira was killed when the limpet mines exploded. The Navy’s initial response was just 2 hours alter the explosions, when leading Diver (LDR) Schmidt of the Operational Diving Team (OPT) entered the wreck and recovered Pereira’s body. The Diving Team also conducted a search of the hull and wharf for any other explosives; none were found. Beginning the following Monday the ODT, under the command of LT Hugh Aitken, conducted a survey of the wreck, reporting a huge hole in the engine room, and extensive damage around the propeller and propeller shaft. In the subsequent two weeks the naval dockyard team...


HMAS Success (II), the longest serving ship in the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet, was decommissioned at her homeport at Sydney’s Garden Island on Saturday. HMAS Success – dubbed the “Battle Tanker” – has been operational for 33 years, sailing more than a million nautical miles and completing nearly 3,500 replenishments around the world. The 157-meter Durance Class Replenishment Oiler was the last major vessel built at Cockatoo Island in Sydney and was the biggest ship in Navy’s Fleet at the time she was commissioned in 1986. HMAS Success earned battle honors for her service during the Gulf War in 1991 and East Timor in 1999, and also participated in a record 11 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises and the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Despite her age,...


After completing 49 years of outstanding service in the Royal New Zealand Navy, Warrant Officer Combat Specialist Reece Golding MNZM, MSM, transferred to the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve on 30 November 2011 and was subsequently posted to HMNZS NGAPONA (Tauranga sub unit). WOSCS Golding holds a pivotal coordination role within the command team as Whole Ships Coordinator, and is directly responsible to the Officer in Charge. WOSCS Golding is an instrumental member and leader of the Tauranga Sub Unit of HMNZS NGAPONA and has worked tirelessly to deliver the outputs of both the RNZN, and the MTO branch. Many strong relationships and networks between the RNZNVR and maritime industry and other civilian organisations are directly attributable to his dedication, perseverance and drive to increa...


On 22 July 1995 HMNZS Te Kaha was launched at Melbourne by Mrs Joan Bolger, and commissioned at Queen’s Wharf, Auckland, exactly two years later. HMNZS Te Kaha is currently undergoing a refit in Canada.


The Esmeralda is on a five day visit to Auckland arriving 0830 on 19 July and departing 1600 on 23 July. She will be open to the public on Princess Wharf over the weekend 20/21 July 1000-1200 and 1400-1800. The ship is the sixth to carry the name Esmeralda. Construction began in Cádiz, Spain, in 1946. She was intended to become Spain’s national training ship. During her construction in 1947 the yard in which she was being built suffered catastrophic explosions, which damaged the ship and placed the yard on the brink of bankruptcy. Work on the ship was temporarily halted. In 1950 Chile and Spain entered into negotiations in which Spain offered to repay debts incurred to Chile as a result of the Spanish Civil War in the form of manufactured products, including the not yet completed Esm...


Cdr Tony Chadwick, RNZN (rtd), ex RNO Christchurch, passed away peacefully yesterday with his family around him. Funeral details will be forwarded in due course.

KAHOTEA, Nicholas Ryan. Regt: 01019698, LCPL, 1NZSAS. Suddenly on Wednesday the 8th of May 2019; aged 35 years. A treasured son, brother, uncle, cousin; beloved partner of Sophie and father of Delilah. Friend to many throughout and dedicated professional. The SAS trooper who died during a training exercise has been farewelled in a moving private service. Lance Corporal Nicholas Kahotea is believed to have jumped from a helicopter onto a building last Wednesday night when he missed and fell several stories to the ground. The jump was part of a counter-terrorism exercise between New Zealand and the United States that was suspended for several days following his death before resuming on Monday. He was yesterday farewelled by family and friends during a “moving private service” at ...


A $103 million vessel for the Ministry of Defence has berthed in Wellington after 46 days travelling from Denmark.  The diving support and hydrographic survey vessel, named Edda Fonn, was purchased second-hand from Norway. Frank Dyer, the integrated project team leader for the dive and hydrographic vessel, said it was packed with world-class facilities for both diving and hydrographic specialists. Disaster relief, search and recovery and explosives disposal are among the many tasks it could be utilised for in the Pacific. “A typical mission … to the islands in Fiji, it could get up there in just over three days and could hold station there for close to a month.”  It could run tasks up there, return home and still have over 40 per cent of its fuel, Dyer said. The ship̵...

Operation HIKI ANO

Concentrated training period for our sailors and officers. HIKI ANO has been designed to accelerate Navy’s readiness prior to the introduction of the Dive Hydrographic vessel (MANAWANUI), Polar-class sustainment vessel (AOTEAROA) and the return of the modernised Anzac frigates (TE KAHA and TE MANA). HIKI ANO is taking place over the period 29 April to 14 June 2019. HMNZ Ships CANTERBURY and WELLINGTON along with shore establishments like the Devonport Naval Base will be platforms for training our sailors and officers. Focussed training will include enhance promotion flow, leadership workshops, weapon familiarisation, refresher courses, and dedicated activities at sea to up skill and qualify personnel.

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